On This Day

April 1943 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 28 1st performance of Marc Blitzstein's "Freedom Morning"

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Apr 29 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 2 Glen Dale [Richard Garforth], rock vocalist (Fortunes Deal)
  • Apr 2 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • Apr 3 Richard Manuel, Canadian rock pianist and vocalist (The Band), born in Stratford, Ontario (d. 1986)
  • Apr 3 Mario Lavista, Mexican composer and writer, born in Mexico City
  • Apr 7 Mick Abrahams, Luton, rock guitarist (Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig)
  • Apr 7 Roberta Shore, Monterrey Park, California, actress/singer (Virginian)
  • Apr 9 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • Apr 13 Eve Graham, Scottish singer (The New Seekers), born in Auchterarder, Scotland
  • Apr 15 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), born in Depok, Buitenzorg, Dutch East Indies (d. 2017)
  • Apr 15 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • Apr 16 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • Apr 16 Ruth Madoc, British singer and actress (Hi Di Hi), born in Norwich, Norfolk
  • Apr 17 Roy Estrada, American rocker (Mothers Of Invention), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Apr 18 Lesley Miller, American singer and songwriter (He Wore A Green Beret), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Apr 20 John Eliot Gardiner, English conductor, born in Fontmell Magna, Dorset
  • Apr 22 Mel Carter, American singer (Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 23 Hugh Davies, English composer, born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2005)
  • Apr 24 Richard Sterban, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Apr 26 Gary Wright, American singer (Spooky Tooth-It's All About), born in Cresskill, New Jersey
  • Apr 27 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 1996)
  • Apr 28 The Fantastic Johnny C [Johnny Corley], American singer (Boogaloo down Broadway), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Apr 28 Jacques Dutronc, French singer (Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille), born in Paris
  • Apr 29 Duane Allen, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Taylortown, Texas
  • Apr 30 Bobby Vee, American pop singer (Night has a Thousand Eyes), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2016)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 4 Raoul Laparra, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 14 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 15 Raffaele Casimiri, Italian musicologist & composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 19 Gustave Doret, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 29 Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist/composer (Golem suite), dies at 56
  • Apr 29 Karl Adrian Wohlfart, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 30 Leo Smit, Dutch composer, dies in Sobibór extermination camp at 42